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Despite this being book 2 in a series and me not having read the first one, I found this book to be an accessible and enjoyable entry into the series with references to the first book being fairly self-explanatory.
The book focuses on the adventure and troubles encountered by the new vampire hunter Sam Harlan when he is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young woman by a friend of his former mentor, the main member of the supporting cast is a former sister of the church.
The mechanics of vampires and vampire hunting in this book's world has some interesting little tweaks such as silver being a primary weapon, crosses having the potential to be a more offensive weapon rather than simply a means of defending and the vampire hunter gaining power (and darkness) from the act of killing vampires.
One crucial thing that power gain didn't also include was greatly accelerated healing, that is one of the more usual ways that books often seek to level the playing field with the stronger supernatural creature and the author does a good job of conveying how much the hero was getting steadily more worn down and battered over the course of this book.
I thought that in general the narrator did a pretty good job with this book, but he mainly did best with the main two characters, the various supporting cast were clearly voiced rather than being given fully distinctive voices.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and will definitely look out for subsequent books in the series as well.
[I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Book 2 sees Sam still reeling from the events of the first book. Sister Callie Calahane has agreed to help Sam hunt the Vampires and both are now living in Jacks old house. Sam gets a call one day from a friend of Jacks and he goes to talk to her. Sam and Callie have their work cut out for them with this case!!
I loved book 1 and was eager to listen to this one, but I was slightly disappointed with it! It wasn't as good as the first because the plot felt a lot slower and not as action packed. But never the less, it was still a great read!
Poor Sam is still trying to deal with what happened in book 1 and is still out for revenge. Missing his mentor, he and Callie have to try and train themselves and learn all they can before they have to go hunting again. My heart broke for Sam, but I was also impressed with his tenacity and willingness to do what's needed. He grew a lot during this book and I'm happy he did! Callie, meanwhile, is one plucky Sister. Her faith is very strong, despite what happened to her sister in book 1. I loved seeing her power against the Vampires!
In all, this was a good edition to the series. It wasn't as fast paced as book 1 but it still held my attention the whole way through, and it makes me excited to see what else is in store for Sam and Callie! These characters are growing on me!!
David Loving did a great job bringing this to life. He had plenty of different tones and voices for the characters, and was easy to listen to.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I liked this story but the first was better. This one was a little slow and I didn't really feel any emotional involvement with the characters. I loved the first book and will listen to the third in the hopes that it picks up again!